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Downtown Residential Council to host free musical egg-hunt event

April 18th, 2014 · Community

The Downtown Residential Council (DRC) will hold its first “Egg Rock ‘N Roll” event at Lincoln Park in the Civic Center on First Street and Pacific Avenue on Saturday, April 19 from 11am to 2pm.
The event, with games and prizes for young children, is being co-sponsored with the Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Department and the Office of 2nd District Long Beach Councilmember Suja Lowenthal. It is free and open to the public.
Egg hunts, sack races, face painting, sidewalk-chalk drawings and a moon bounce will be featured. The Long Beach Public Library will have a story -telling area, the Long Beach Fire Department will provide a fire truck from noon to 1pm, and the Long Beach Police Officers Association will grill hot dogs as prizes for children who complete the round of games and activities. Josh Fischel and the Riot Stage Players will provide music. [Read more →]

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Signal Hill spring fest to feature egg hunt, magic show and dance performances

April 18th, 2014 · Community

The Signal Hill Community Services Department will host a spring festival at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave., on Saturday, April 19 from 10am to 1pm.
Free activities will include: an egg hunt for children ages 2 to 11 from 10:30am to 12:30pm, a magic show at 11am, dance performances and Signal Hill Police Department child-identification cards. A $2 wristband will allow children access to additional activities including: train rides, crafts, games, bounce houses and a visit with the bunny. [Read more →]

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‘Easter on the Green’ to feature egg hunt, games and Bunny photos

April 18th, 2014 · Community

The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance will host its annual “Easter on the Green” on Saturday, April 19 from 2pm to 4pm on the median at 20th Street and Daisy Avenue.
Children should provide their own basket for an egg hunt. Sign-in for ages 2 to 6 years old will be from 2pm to 2:30pm, and the hunt will begin at 2:30pm. Sign-in for ages 7 to 10 years will be from 3pm to 3:30pm, and that hunt will start at 3:30pm. [Read more →]

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S’Wonderful at Musical Theatre West

April 18th, 2014 · theater

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography Rebecca Spencer as Rosemary, Ashley Fox Linton as Leslie, Jeff Skowron as Harold and Rebecca Ann Johnson as Jane in Musical Theatre West's production of 'S Wonderful

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography

Rebecca Spencer as Rosemary, Ashley Fox Linton as Leslie, Jeff Skowron as Harold and Rebecca Ann Johnson as Jane in Musical Theatre West’s production of ‘S Wonderful


Vicki Paris Goodman
Culture Writer

I’ve been crazy about the songs of George and Ira Gershwin ever since I got my hands on a CD that featured the likes of Elvis Costello, Carly Simon, Elton John, and even Meatloaf singing many of the sibling duo’s most popular tunes. It was kind of a backdoor approach to familiarizing myself with the genre, but whatever works, I guess. The performances on that CD are magical.
So I couldn’t wait to see the new Gershwin musical revue ‘S Wonderful at Musical Theatre West.
The show, conceived and written by Ray Roderick with musical arrangements by Rick Hip-Flores, takes shape in the form of five vignettes whose thin story lines tell tales of love. Five enormously gifted and versatile singer/dancers bring the musical numbers to life. Some of the songs are sung in their entirety, some cut short as necessitated by plot progression. Still others find expression through medleys of several songs. [Read more →]

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A sit-down chat with Long Beach artist Sergio Piña

April 18th, 2014 · Imitating Life

Sergio Piña

Sergio Piña


Cory Bilicko
Managing Editor

He may give me a hard time for trying to pigeonhole his style, but I think it would be safe to call Sergio Piña a “modern folk artist.”
The Mexican-American native of Long Beach has been a prodigious art-maker over the years, mostly painting with acrylics, but his work has primarily been a hobby and served as a source of gifts for family members. Last Christmas, he created a series of small paintings, mainly of houses, inspired by a recent trip to Cape Cod, and many of those pieces now adorn the homes of his relatives.
Because I’ve invited him to take part in a late-summer art show I’m curating at Greenly Art Space in Signal Hill, he will soon enter the realm of those of us who put ourselves out there artistically for the general public to behold. It can be an intimidating step for some creative folks, but Piña seems ready. When I asked him to let me profile him for this column, he jumped right in.
I visited him at his home this week, and we sat down to discuss what influences him and why he enjoys reading about the history of England’s royalty. [Read more →]

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